Coach Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks have come to terms on a new contract extension.
Sources told ESPN.com the extension is a new five-year deal in the $35 million range that will make Carlisle the league’s highest-paid coach without a dual executive role and will take him well into his second decade with the club.
Carlisle was widely believed to be in the final year of his second contract with the Mavs, but sources say the club actually held a little-known team option for the 2016-17 season. The new five-year deal will then take effect in 2017-18 through 2021-22.
Carlisle released a statement Thursday evening confirming the extension.
“Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson and Dirk Nowitzki are the reason an extension like this is possible. I have best owner and general manager in sports, and one of the greatest players in NBA history to thank for this opportunity. There is much work to be done as we move forward,” the statement said.
ESPN.com first reported on Oct. 26 that Carlisle, 56, and the Mavericks were in advanced negotiations on an extension. With Dallas’ second victory of the season, Carlisle surpassed Don Nelson as the winningest coach in franchise history.
One of just five active NBA coaches with a championship on his résumé, Carlisle left his role as an ESPN analyst to join the Mavericks in May 2008. After successful coaching stints in both Detroit and Indiana, he now ranks as one of just 11 figures in league history to win it all as both a coach and player thanks to Dallas’ title in 2011.
The Mavs’ desire to keep him in place with another long-term deal has been anticipated for some time, with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson memorably announcing in April that he and Mavs owner Mark Cuban regard Carlisle as “our Jerry Sloan.”
“He can be in Dallas as long as he wants to be,” Nelson said after Dallas’ elimination in the first round of the playoffs by the Houston Rockets.
Carlisle is the league’s third-longest-tenured coach, behind only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra.